Community funding throughout Cumbria

As well as funding available directly from us, there are other sources of grants and funding advice available.

Listed below are some of those that you may find useful. The list is by no means exhaustive but will get you started in identifying possible funding streams. If you find another source not listed please let us know so we can add to the list.


Cumbria County Council

Read about Community Grant Fund on the Cumbria County Council website.

Carlisle and Eden Community Safety Partnership (CSP)

The CSP is a partnership group made up of a number of responsible authorities whose aim is to work together to address crime and disorder in North Cumbria. It has some funding available for projects that contribute to the partnership priorities.

Cumbria Community Foundation

The Cumbria Community Foundation is part of a national and international network of community foundations. Together they seek to support people and organisations wishing to invest in the local community. They have a number of grants programmes which have been created by donors to the Foundation. Each has its own criteria and area of interest. Most support locally based community and voluntary groups.

Local money

Some Town and Parish Councils have funding available for local community projects in their areas. To see if this is available for you contact your local parish or town Clerk.

Lake District National Park

Read about the Lake District Communities Fund on the Lake District National Park website for projects benefiting local communities in the National Park. Their is for projects promoting sustainability.

Cumbria Waste Group Environment Trust

Cumbria Waste Group Environment Trust funding is available through a government scheme that allows landfill operators to give funding to a range of organisations including local community groups. General information can be found on the regulator's website at

There may be others who provide funding through the Landfill Communities Fund, especially for biodiversity projects - contact the Communities Team on the details below for more information.

National Lottery funding

See find funding for your project on the National Lottery website. The National Lottery funds projects in the arts, sport, heritage, charity, voluntary, health, education and environmental sectors.

People's Postcode Lottery

People's Postcode Lottery funding is similar to the national lottery with funds distributed through the People's Postcode Trust.

Pride in Penrith Lottery

Pride in Penrith Lottery small grants available for local community groups in Penrith and immediate environs.

Local Clubs

Have you thought about contacting your local Lions Club or Rotary Club to ask them if they have any funds available for projects in their local area?

The Prince's Countryside Fund

The Prince's Countryside Fund has been set up to help rural areas in the United Kingdom to become more sustainable.

The Hadfield Charitable Trust

The Hadfield Charitable Trust is a charitable trust which gives cash grants to charitable organisations in Cumbria.

Cumberland Building Society Community Fund

Cumberland Building Society Community Fund where possible provides funding for community projects with a strong focus on activities that help those less fortunate, support education and encourage community integration.

Cumberland and Westmorland Herald Fund to support groups helping people facing disadvantage.

Holehird Trust

Holehird Trust supporting Westmorland residents with priority given to projects benefiting elderly people, disabled people, children and young people up to age 18.

Funding Advice:

Cumbria CVS

Cumbria CVS offers help, advice, training and support to third sector groups throughout Cumbria. They can help with writing successful funding applications, and provide funding searches, high impact funding events and professional training.

They also provide access to GRANTfinder which is an online search facility that will help you find likely sources of funding.

ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT)

ACT is the community development organisation and rural community council for Cumbria. It offers support and advice on community and rural issues.

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